Organic Chemistry As a Second Language, 3e: First Semester Topics

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ISBN 10: 111801040X
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Chapter 2 - Resonance - 2.3 The Two Commandments - Problems - Page 26: 2.6


This arrow violates both first and second commandments.

Work Step by Step

1. The tail of the arrow is on a single bond. (Wrong) 2. Initially, the carbon makes 4 bonds (neutral formal charge). And since carbon is an element from the second row of the periodic table, it has to respect the octet rule, so it can't make 5 bonds, as the arrow suggests.
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